Netflix Pulls Plug On “House Of Cards” Next Season After Kevin Spacey Sex Scandal


Just as Frank Underwood’s Washington tenure is coming to an end, so does the career of the man who plays him, Kevin Spacey.

In the aftermath of today’s allegations of unwanted sexual advances in 1986 by Kevin Spacey against a then-teenage Anthony Rapp, Netflix has decided to pull the plug on House of Cards after the upcoming sixth season next year, Deadline reported.

Citing sources, Deadline says that the decision was made today, just over 12-hours after the Rapp first made public his allegations on October 29 of what happened at a party at Spacey’s NYC apartment back in the mid-1980s, with key cast and creatives were alerted this morning. Furthermore, Netflix’s film Gore which stars Spacey about author Gore Vidal, i said to also be on the chopping block. There is no word yet if the NYPD are looking into the matter that occurred in their jurisdiction back in 1986 between then 14-year old Rapp and Spacey.

The sexual assault claims, which were implicitly validated by Spacey, came as the Emmy nominated House of Cards is currently in production in Maryland on its sixth season.

As reported earlier, late on Sunday Rapp claimed that then 26-year old Spacey drunkenly put the then teen on a bed to “seduce” him. “I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually,” Rapp said last night of the 1986 incident when the Stacey and he were both on Broadway in a revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Precious Sons respectively. Shortly afterwards, Spacey issued a statement on twitter saying he “did not remember the encounter” but added he was “horrified” by what Rapp described. “If I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey also said.

Spacey then decided to use the occasion to seemingly shift focus in announcing publicly that he had “choose now to live as a gay man,” The American Beauty star drew harsh rebukes swiftly online and otherwise. As for Rapp himself, the actor said on Twitter after Spacey’s apology and announcement that he had “no further comment this time.

The 13-episode Season 6 of House of Cards is expected to debut in mid-2018 on Netflix.

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Meet The Biggest, Baddest EarthRoamer Yet: The XV-HD


The XV-HD is EarthRoamer’s biggest overland truck yet. It will carry six very happy campers anywhere the behemoth can fit.

EarthRoamer XV-HD

Start with a massive Ford F-750. Then strip it to the bones and re-build it by hand in a Colorado workshop. Add a fiberglass shell built like a boat and rewire it to costly marine standards. Beef up the suspension, then build out a luxurious living space inside.

That’s how an EarthRoamer comes to life. The super-luxe-while-burly vehicles are remarkable pieces of engineering and craftsmanship.

Today, the brand introduced the XV-HD, its biggest model yet. The astounding $1.5 million price tag puts it out of reach for almost everyone. But man, it’s fun to dream.

EarthRoamer teased the XV-HD back in 2015. EarthRoamer just completed the first one and is taking orders. Get ready to dip into your hedge fund!

Lust-Worthy Elements of the EarthRoamer XV-HD

EarthRoamer XV-HD and XV-LTS
The XV-HD, left, compared with the brand’s XV-LTS

Step aside #VanLifers, there’s a (wealthy) grown-up in the room. The XV-HD giggles at the customized Sprinter.

As a platform, the Ford F-750 is a beast on its own. You are likely familiar with the trucks already. See that dump truck loaded with gravel and boulders? That’s a Ford F-750. And that’s where EarthRoamer starts.


A few years ago I toured the EarthRoamer factory. The build process of these campers blew my mind. I have experience in boat building and restoration, and EarthRoamer uses a lot of similar, very expensive techniques and materials found in seaworthy yachts. Given the similarity in price, it kinda make sense.

EarthRoamer Beefs Up the F-750

EarthRoamer XV-HD

The overland brand adds 46-inch Michelin XVL’s, rear air suspension with Fox shocks, and hydraulic leveling. This should get it over any bumps in the road just fine. But if not, the brand adds a hydraulic front 30,000-pound Warn Industries winch to yank it out of trouble.

Tack on a full LED light array from Baja Designs and this thing will bedazzle your fellow travelers or confuse the heck out of a mule deer. Just be sure to watch out for overhanging branches while touring off the beaten path. This thing is tall, 13-and-half-feet tall!

Luxury Interior: Glamping in your Camper

Family of four? Don’t worry, you’ve got room for the butler and the nanny! The XV-HD sleeps six. Inside you can enjoy your lobster dinners with all the comforts of your Aspen vacation home.

EarthRoamer XV-HD interior

Start with power. The 2,100 watts of solar capability and a 20,000-watt Lithium Ion battery bank will keep the electronics charged. But if not, a PTO hydraulic generator will pick up the slack.

EarthRoamer XV-HD interior

Go ahead and take a shower. The beast has 250 gallons of fresh water capacity to run through a fully equipped bathroom with separate shower. It even has a washer/dryer, full kitchen, appliances, and in-floor radiant heating so your toes never get cold.

EarthRoamer XV-HD interior

And while I will poke fun at some of the luxury features, they really sound pleasant. Having seen the build quality of these vehicles, I understand the price tag and lust for a few hours behind the wheel.

Obviously this thing is huge, and that alone will limit where it could travel. But for those looking for the crème de la crème of overland vehicles, the EarthRoamer XV-HD is a good place to start.


  • Base Vehicle: Ford F-750 4×4 King Ranch
  • Engine: 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel
  • Horsepower: 330
  • Torque: 725
  • Transmission: Torqshift HD 6-Speed Automatic
  • GVWR: 33,000 Lbs.
  • Length: 35 feet
  • Width 8.5 feet
  • Height: 13 feet 6 inches
  • Approach angle: 46 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 23 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 12 degrees
  • Clearance: 12 inches
  • Fuel: 115 gallons
  • Fresh water: 250 gallons
  • Grey water: 125 gallons
  • Black water: 125 gallons
  • Batteries: 20,000 watt hours
  • Solar: 2,100 watts

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Roland’s SH-101 – you could also play it while downhill skiing


One important comparison of the Roland boutique SH-01A to the original SH-101 I haven’t yet seen: can it ski?

Well, anyway, that was a selling point Roland seemed to want to push when it came to the original. (Fetching your own matching lycra bodysuit – now that you can do, if you so choose, today.)

A series of color ads from Keyboard magazine (USA) in 1984 introduced the idea of mobility on the SH-101 synth. Color-coded ads depicted different mobile scenarios: a woman on a skateboard, a guy on skis, and an entire band on a scooter, always matching outfit color to synth color. (Cool.)

Retro Synth Ads picked this up a few years ago, with some insightful commentary. Most of all – there was a green unit. Dear Roland: please issue red and green SH-01A, not just blue?

Roland also seemed to have something crazy going with its keyboardist fashion. Yes, please, let’s all dress like this. The hell with all black!

Also, kudos to Roland design and layout from this era:

It’s maybe worth revisiting this over two decades later, as now mobility is again a selling point. Not bad for 1984: the SH-101 offered battery power, strap-on operation, and of course what was for the time “compact” size. Now, the modern Boutique series shrinks to the size of a TB-303 – though it loses the “keytar” function in the process. On the other hand, part of the pitch here was to get keyboardists out from behind the rest of the band. That never entirely caught on – and if anything, keyboardists fronting the band often do so simply just play behind keyboard stands.

But if keytars weren’t the wave of the future, mobility sure was. “Takes you where you want to go” is a great tagline. And I miss this age of ads, actually. We just need to go back to print, huh? (Who’s game?)

from Create Digital Music

Watch a computer learn to generate fake faces using real celebrity images


A new artificial intelligence created by Nvidia recently spat out a wild diversity of fake faces after researchers fed it thousands of real celebrity photos.

The graphics chip company is currently experimenting with a new method of training AI to generate novel faces using real photos. Nvidia researchers published their somewhat creepy results online and submitted them to the International Conference on Learning Representations 2018.  

The research team admitted their AI-spawned faces still leave “a lot to be desired,” but confidently pointed out that “we feel that convincing realism may now be within reach.”

Although their work still awaits review from other AI experts, the researchers were pleased with both the variety of faces their machine generated and the nuanced detail achieved in 1,024-pixel resolution, which can be seen in the video above. 

They used an increasingly popular AI training system called a general adversarial network (GAN). The program is fed a massive data set — in this case celebrity photos — and then gets better at creating the desired result (in this case, realistic computer-generated faces) over a period of days or weeks. The “adversarial” component involves pitting two machine-learning programs against one another, with one program “challenging” the other’s face creations. 

The future applications of rendering realistic looking people — that aren’t actually people — seems both potentially useful and unsettling. This is certainly a boon to graphics companies that always need new images of people, perhaps for use in advertising. But it’s also important to recognize AI-programs are getting closer and closer to achieving realism in artificial faces; how this might be employed in fake news and other means of deception is unknown — and boundless. For now, though, it’s at least given us some really interesting faces to look at.

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“Self-regulating” nanoparticles can burn cancer without harming healthy cells


Researchers at the University of Surrey and Dalian University of Technology in China have created a form of nanoparticle that can heat up and kill cancerous cells and then self-regulate to avoid burning healthy cells. The particles can raise their temperature between 42°C to 45°C, hot enough to kill cancer cells. Once they reach a set temperature they back off, ensuring that healthy cells are spared.

“The Zn-Co-Cr ferrite nanoparticles produced for this study are self-regulating, meaning that they self-stop heating when they reach temperatures over 45°C. Importantly, the nanoparticles are also low in toxicity and are unlikely to cause permanent damage to the body,” wrote the researchers in a release.

“This could potentially be a game changer in the way we treat people who have cancer. If we can keep cancer treatment set at a temperature level high enough to kill the cancer, while low enough to stop harming healthy tissue, it will prevent some of the serious side effects of vital treatment,” said Professor Ravi Silva, Head of the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey.

In magnetic-induced hyperthermia a magnetically active chemical into a tumor. The magnetism is converted to heat which essentially burns out the tumor but can also effect other parts of the body. This system controls the temperature automatically, reducing the need for external temperature management.

from TechCrunch

String a few Galaxy S5s together and you can mine bitcoin


Samsung read the last e-waste report from Greenpeace too, and likely wasn’t too happy about the slamming it got from the organization. Which leads us to the Korean electronics juggernaut’s system for upcycling old phones. Specifically, the company rigged a bunch of them together and turned them into a bitcoin mining contraption. According to Motherboard, Samsung strung 40 Galaxy S5 together to mine recently, and apparently just eight of them wired together can mine in a way that’s more power-efficient than a desktop computer.

Samsung also repurposed an S3 into a fishtank monitor and a Galaxy tablet into an Ubuntu laptop among other experiments. Motherboard says that Samsung plans to release the software that’ll unlock the phones and the software needed to replicate these functions at home soon enough. If you’re curious, you can check out Github for more information.

In the meantime, Samsung still has one of the lowest scores for battery adhesion and requiring special repair tools. So, while this might be a PR win, the company still has a long way to go (as do others) before it can truly be considered anything resembling "green" or "sustainable."

Via: Motherboard

Source: Github

from Engadget

Dude Sets Rubik’s Cube World Record By Solving It In 4.59 Seconds, Receives A Standing Ovation

Rubik's Cube

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SeungBeom Cho has set a new Rubik’s Cube world record by solving the puzzle cube in a blistering fast 4.59-seconds. He set this record on camera, and while competing in the Chicago ChicaGhosts 2017 Rubik’s Cube competition. The room full of fellow Rubik’s Cube competitors were stunned by his feat and honored the 23-year-old from South Korea with a standing ovation for his new Rubik’s Cube world record:

It had barely been a month since the last time the Rubik’s Cube world record was broken when Patrick Ponce solved the cube with a time of 4.69 seconds. Going back to last year, the record was 4.73 seconds.

When you’re dealing with tiny fractions of a second, the jump from 4.73 to 4.59 seconds in under a year is a pretty significant improvement. I think it’s also proof that the Rubik’s Cube world record is pretty much a crapshoot at the highest level. They’re all incredibly talented puzzle solvers, and to set the world record also requires a great deal of luck.

I’m not trying to take away from SeungBeom Cho’s Rubik’s Cube world record. He earned that. But when you take this world record in context it’s clear that there was some luck involved. SeungBeom Cho achieved his 4.59-second Rubik’s Cube world record in his first round of the competition. Each round of the competition involves five solve attempts where the ‘Best’ and ‘Average’ scores are recorded. He averaged 7.54 for that first round because he had one attempt that was nearly 10 seconds and another that was 8 seconds. His averages for the rounds were 7.54, 8.73, 7.95, and 8.66 seconds for the four rounds of the competition so this 4.59-second world record was clearly an anomaly. You can check out all of his timed scores here.

[h/t HuffPo Australia]


6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers


Solo indulgence in any form of creative expression can leave you in a vacuum unless you are completely confident and never lack inspiration. I don’t think I know anyone like that. Being a photographer, whether for a living or as a hobby, is often something people do on their own. Here are 6 reasons you should hang out with other photographers, they’re cool.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

#1 – Build Photography Friendships

If you are interested in photography, meeting other photographers is a great way to make new friends. It’s easier to talk with people who have the same interests as yourself. A conversation about common topics flows more readily and remains more engaging.

One of the greatest advantages of being friends with other photographers is going places together. You can enjoy spending more time taking photos without being harassed that you’re taking too long. Which is what usually happens when you go places with people who don’t have a camera.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

#2 – Enjoy Diversity

Meeting other photographers who have interests in different subjects can lead to fresh inspiration. For example, if you love photographing landscapes and become friends with someone who loves photographing people, you can inspire, encourage and challenge one another. This is a wonderful way to learn and explore different subjects, methods, and styles of photography.

Getting together with photographers who have more or less experience than you brings lots of opportunities to learn, and teach. You will see things differently and use alternative camera settings than other photographers.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

Talking about what you do and how you do it can be a fun learning experience. Spending time making photos with others and sharing your experiences and ways of working will help you become a better photographer.

#3 – Share Experience

If you are new to photography, being around other photographers is one of the best ways to learn more. Naturally, it’s advantageous to read and do courses, but photographing with others and sharing the experience is also valuable.

How you each set your camera, choose what to photograph, how to compose an image and loads of other things can seem overwhelming when you’ve just bought your first camera. Talking about these things with other photographers will teach you more effectively than just reading or doing courses.

Reviewing your photographs with someone you trust will also be encouraging and help you grow in your creative expression. If you only ever look at your photos alone and do not get any feedback on them it’s very easy to stagnate and not develop creatively.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

Having someone more experienced help you choose your best photos and give you constructive feedback can lead to new understanding and different ways of taking photos that you may not think of on your own.

#4 – Collaborate

Collaboration on photographic projects is a lot of fun. Spending time working on the same subject with a common purpose, maybe a gallery show, book or website, with other photographers can really stretch you creatively and help you grow. Each photographer will see things differently and your styles will complement or contrast the other, and add a richer dynamic to your project.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

#5 – Best Friends

I bought my first camera (a Nikkormat FTN) from a friend who wanted to upgrade. We have another friend who loved photography and the three of us would go out often to different places to take photos together. I learned a terrific amount from these two guys and we had a lot of fun together.

We’d also review the photos we’d made on previous excursions.  That usually meant sitting around a slide projector for hours enjoying one another’s photos and planning where to go on our next photography outing.

Over the years I have had photographer friends, some professional, some hobbyists. They’ve been some of my best friends. Now I am married to a photographer and it’s wonderful always having someone to share the experience with, getting constructive informed feedback and continually encouraging one another to do better.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

#6 – Meet Photographers

There are many ways to meet other photographers and make friends. Local meet-up groups, camera clubs, online groups and forums (like the dPS facebook group). I’m sure if you go down to your local camera store and talk with the owner they would know other keen photographers they could introduce you to.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

Concluding Recommendations

One other recommendation I would make is to hang out with other photographers who have a similar way of enjoying photography.

Some people love to go out as much as possible and explore new ways of making great photos. Other people like to spend time discussing equipment and what their next purchase will be. Others still discuss technical details for hours on end.

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

Finding yourself with people who love the tech side of photography if you’re one who loves to just get out and photograph can be discouraging, so choose your friends carefully. Have fun!

The post 6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers by Kevin Landwer-Johan appeared first on Digital Photography School.

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‘F*ck depression’: Linkin Park tribute concert celebrates Chester Bennington’s life


“I don’t have the words and I don’t think any of us do,” Linkin Park’s pianist and vocalist Mike Shinoda told the sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. 

He didn’t need them. The band, joined by a laundry list of famous friends, orchestrated a truly beautiful and cathartic tribute concert that was much more powerful than words. They celebrated the life of the band’s singer, Chester Bennington, who died by suicide in July.

Helping fill the stage were members of popular bands who had their heyday around the turn of the century like Blink182, Sum 41, Yellowcard, Bush, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, No Doubt, and many, many more. Limited by no specific genre or style, it felt like the entire industry came together to support the band and honor the life of their friend. The musicians helped sing some of Bennington’s parts or filled in on guitar in Linkin Park’s songs, while others performed their own tributes. 

Fans’ countless crying faces were projected onto screens surrounding the stage, but the event didn’t feel like a funeral — this was a celebration. Linkin Park’s songs are dark and emotionally driven, adding a deep layer of intimacy between the band and its fans. It was hard not to choke up hearing the crowd sing powerful lyrics like “In the end, it doesn’t even matter,” and “Who cares if one more light goes out in the sky of a million stars?” 

Every song, in some way, felt related to Bennington’s tragic death and that much more meaningful.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Musicians from Linkin Park; Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn perform with Steve Aoki during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 27: Musicians from Linkin Park; Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn perform with Steve Aoki during the “Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington” concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Image: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Shinoda had once shared the role of band frontman with Bennington — on this night the responsibility was his alone. He proved he was up to the task, acting with professionalism and genuine love for both the music and Linkin Park’s fans. A band performing without a lead singer may sound impossible — Shinoda called the concert one of the “hardest things they’ve ever decided to do.” In honor of Bennington, though, Linkin Park made it work. 

After a few songs to kick things off, the stage went dark and a single microphone stand covered in greenery was illuminated at the center of the stage. No one sang into the mic as the band performed “Numb,” one of Linkin Park’s most popular songs off the band’s 2003 album Meteora

After a few bars, the crowd came to the realization that nobody was going to step out from the back of the stage to sing this one for Bennington. It was on the fans to fill the void. The audience became a little closer with that knowledge, tension eased. Those who knew the words sang a little bit louder. The emotional moment appears in the video below, complete with chants of “Chester! Chester! Chester!” to close out the song.

While the music alone spoke volumes, musicians also used the stage to advocate for mental health awareness, which received praise and cheers from the crowd of over 18,000. 

“There’s been a lot of vilification of people with depression, and addiction, and being troubled, and being in the public eye, and being made fun of for the challenges that we as a huge community of people with notoriety have gone through. And it’s an extremely, isolating, challenging journey to go through,” Alanis Morissette said to the crowd as she introduced the song “Rest” off her upcoming album. “And so, for me, I just want to offer empathy to all people in the public eye. To all of you here tonight, to everyone around the planet who’s grieving.”

The crowd roared for Morissette, who’s probably one of the last people you’d expect to perform at a Linkin Park concert. There was no ego that night. Nobody scoffed at the mix of genres or musical backgrounds the diverse lineup presented. The crowd may have been filled with rockers, but none of that seemed to matter.

Later in the evening, Bennington’s microphone made another appearance as Talinda Ann Bentley, Chester’s wife, took the stage to thank the Linkin Park family, the performers, and crowd. She  introduced a new mental health resource, called 320 in collaboration with Change Direction, in honor of her husband. 

Talinda Ann Bentley speaks during the Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, California.

Talinda Ann Bentley speaks during the Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, California.

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“It is time to recognize that mental health is as important as our physical health,” Bentley said to the crowd. “It is my mission to make it easier to have access to mental health resources … Together we will build a recourse, not only for those suffering emotionally, but also for friends, and family members, and medical practitioners, who are seeking answers to questions about mental health, illness, and addiction, so they can best support people in their lives.”

Bentley announced there were mental health professionals from Change Direction available at the show for anyone seeking help.

“Fuck depression, let’s make Chester proud,” Bentley said before exiting the stage. 

“Fuck depression, let’s make Chester proud.”

While the show could have been somber, it was packed with energetic and uplifting performances, including one from Bennington himself. Using footage and audio from a performance from Linkin Park at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2014, the band played “New Divide” with Bennington at the helm. If I closed my eyes, it felt like Bennington was on stage, singing along with the crowd packed with devoted fans. The song, for a brief moment, brought Chester back to life to perform one last time. 

As the masses exited the venue they were greeted with a memorial wall, where they wrote tributes and message for Bennington. The vibe was positive and people were in good spirits despite being stuck in an endless line of people slowly trying to exit the massive venue. 

Fans write messages on memorial wall for Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, located outside the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Fans write messages on memorial wall for Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, located outside the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Image: Mashable/Brian Koerber

“I thought it was wonderful. I thought it was beautiful,” longtime fan Angela Schippers, 35, of Moreno Valley, California, said about the concert after signing the wall.

“I just thanked Chester for all the beautiful music that inspired everyone,” she said.

Longtime Linkin Park fan Angela Schippers signs a memorial for Chester Bennington.

Longtime Linkin Park fan Angela Schippers signs a memorial for Chester Bennington.

Image: Mashable/Brian Koerber

“It was so good, so fun. I got to a lot of concerts [this was] one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. And the thing is, I don’t know all their music,” Jason Wisch, a Los Angeles native, admitted. “It was poetic.”

Before ending the show, Shinoda touched on a topic that was on every fan’s mind: What will happen to the beloved band now that its lead singer is gone?

“You guys, we don’t know where we’re going from here, we certainly appreciate your support as we get there … most importantly, keep Chester in your hearts and make Chester proud,” he said.

This was so much more than a concert, or a memorial for a dear friend — it was proof that music can heal and bring people together for good. There’s no doubt: Bennington would have been proud of what he saw on stage on Friday. Proud of his friends, proud of his bandmates, proud of his family, and most importantly, proud of his fans.

from Mashable!

Listen to Linkin Park’s new song ‘Looking for an Answer’



On Friday, Linkin Park played a star-studded show at the Hollywood Bowl, the band’s first since Chester Bennington’s death in July. 

At the concert, they debuted "Looking for an Answer," a ballad written by band member Mike Shinoda shortly after Bennington’s death. Shinoda performed the song solo, accompanied only by piano. 

It’s sparse, lovely, and poignant — a must-listen for Linkin Park fans and, to be honest, everyone else. Read more…

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